National Cathedral

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We met up for Thai food with some old friends for lunch. After lunch, we decided to check out the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

We bought Clarissa a camera for her birthday so she was really excited to use it for this trip. She kept saying, “This is so beautiful!” and “I’m so glad I have my own camera so I can take pictures of whatever I want.”

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Tim and I had been to the National Cathedral before, but it was before Clarissa was born. It was also before the earthquake in 2011 so it cost more to get in now and I felt like the atmosphere was completely different. Adults pay $12 and children (ages 5-17) pay $8. Parking was really expensive too, so it would have been better to take the metro.

The cathedral itself is beautiful with the stained glass windows and arched architecture inside. Clarissa kept saying, “Wow!”

There were several different chapels located inside. One of them looked like it was set up for a wedding. There is a lego build right now where you can pay for some lego pieces and help to build a model of the National Cathedral. The proceeds go toward the restoration project from the damage of the 2011 earthquake. The girls thought it was really cool. The volunteer said that when finished it would be the largest amateur build with instructions.

We also walked around outside and saw the gardens. There were bunnies, butterflies, bugs, and fish around as well.

The gift shop was surprising. It already had Christmas trees set up with nativity sets (in July). They were also selling Buddha statues and coexist stickers, which doesn’t make sense to me in a church. It felt more like a museum to me.

It is worth going if you like looking at pretty architecture or are looking for more of an indoor activity to get out of the weather. But it wasn’t a super spiritual experience.

We are officially “moving back home”

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When we lived in Daegu, our way of life was just normal to Clarissa. We moved there when she was 18 months old and she didn’t really remember life in America.

A couple of months before we moved to Pyeongtaek, we went to Hawaii with Tim on a work trip and then Clarissa and I went to Virginia and Pennsylvania to visit grandparents. At this point Clarissa was about three and a half years old. She was fascinated and kept saying, “Mommy, they speak English here!”

At some point in the beginning of our life in Pyeongtaek, Clarissa started saying things like “I can’t wait until we move to America because we will have two vehicles and I will get a sister.”

Well, we are officially moving back to America but I am not sure that Clarissa will get either wish.

Tim will start a new job at the Pentagon in May. We are hoping to find a place to live that is near public transportation so that we can continue our one car lifestyle. Though in this case, I will be the one who usually has the car so I think Clarissa will be happy with that.

We should find out at my appointment next week if Baby Faust is a boy or a girl. However, at this point, Clarissa would be very disappointed if she is having a sister. She is adamant that she wants a baby brother. She even said, “If it is a boy, I will be a super hero, but if it’s a girl, I will be a villain…”